DNR weekend reading: Elevated caffeine levels in Northwest coastal waters (no surprise, actually), and other stories

water lifesaving suits demonstrated
Michael Grilliot and Dennis Clark of DNR’s Aquatic Resources Division demonstrate proper use of lifesaving suits during a Motorboat Operator Certification Course in Wenatchee, Washington, in June. Photo: WDFW.

Here are links to some recent articles about science, climate and the environment for your DNR weekend reading enjoyment:

Science News: Caffeinated’ Coastal Waters: Possible Sources Include Sewer Overflows, Septic Tanks
A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon — though not necessarily where researchers expected.

Science Daily: Green Plants Reduce City Street Pollution Up to Eight Times More Than Previously Believed
Judicious placement of trees, bushes and other greenery in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce street levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found.

Green (New York Times): Lose the Crust, Inherit the Wind
Just as poor farming practices, including plowing up the prairie to plant crops, created Dust Bowl conditions in the 1930s in the Great Plains, the erosion of Arizona’s “desert crust” is contributing to massive dust storms today.

National Science Foundation: Tiny ‘Firefly’ Satellite Set To Flash Straight Into Lightning and Thunderstorms
A new generation of tiny but fully instrumented satellites about the size of a half-gallon milk carton can hitch rides on NASA and Dept. of Defense launch vehicles to make first-of-their-kind experiments in space and provide new measurements to help researchers understand Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Scientific American: Storm Scents: It’s True, You Can Smell Oncoming Summer Rain
Researchers have teased out the aromas associated with a rainstorm and deciphered the olfactory messages they convey

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